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Huskies take 2nd in wrestling opener at Cascade


December 6, 2016

Sweet Home’s wrestlers opened their 2016-17 season Saturday, Dec. 3, with a second-place finish at the Perry Burlison Tournament at Cascade.

“We had a good tournament,” Head Coach Steve Thorpe said. “What’s nice is that both our varsity and JV wrestlers all got matches.”

The Huskies finished with 152.5 points from 18 varsity wrestlers, behind Marshfield, which won the event with 183 points. North Marion was third (145), followed by Dallas (115.5) and West Albany (115.5).

Senior Kobe Olson got off to a good start as defending state champion by winning the highly competitive 132-pound competition – seven wrestlers were seeded in that division. Freshman Travis Thorpe finished fourth at 132 pounds after beating the No. 2 and 3 seeds.

Junior Bryce Coulter was second at 195 pounds to No. 1-seed Avery Jaramillo of Thurston, but pinned three opponents on the way to the final.

“Bryce had a shaky year last season after a knee injury,” Steve Thorpe said. “He led us with team points. A lot of kids picked up three falls for us. Scoring those bonus points is important.”

Seniors Dillon Stutzman and Jake Porter were fourth at 126 and 160 pounds.

Junior Ricky Yunke was fourth at 145 and senior Josh Rice was sixth at 220.

“I thought Ricky competed hard and, for Josh, hard work and perseverance paid off,” Thorpe said.

“It’s great having senior leadership out there for us – Kobe, Dillon, Josh, Jake Porter.”

Other placewinners for the Huskies included freshmen Nich James, fourth at 170, and Jackson Royer, fifth at 113.

“I was really happy having those freshmen, Jackson, Travis and Nich, place,” Thorpe said.

Due to a limited number of competitors, the girls competed in four-wrestler brackets. Senior Gracie Olson and sophomore Marissa Kurtz wound up in the 113-pound final and opted not to wrestle, Thorpe said. Freshman Katen Edwards finished 2-2 at 132 pounds.

In the junior varsity tournament, Austin Stevens and Noah Moore won championships at 138 and 152 pounds, respectively; James Jewett, Bryce Porter and Damion Shocker were second at 106, 120 and 160 pounds; CJ Mitchell was third at 145 pounds; and Joey Sell and Isaac Schaffer were fourth at 126 and 132 pounds.

The Huskies are holding the home opener Dec. 6 against Churchill, South Albany and Stayton, then will head to Westview High School for the Rose City Tournament Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10.

Thorpe said it remains to be seen exactly how the Huskies match up to the competition.

“I don’t know where we’re at compared to other seasons. Some guys were (at Cascade), ready to compete. Some were trying to figure out what they need to do to compete.

“That’s always a good tournament to start learning from.”


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